We enter the canal at the north end of Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut, because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors, because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological interest. The vessel will sail the Cut's 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks.
Before reaching Pedro Miguel Locks, at the southern end of the Cut, you will see the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Next, we will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 18 meters in two distinct steps.